New CPLA Candidates and Courses Approved

The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved five candidates and one program course during the Spring 2007 review.  The new course in Marketing will be offered online by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.

The program now has 70 candidates from 30 states. There are 32 courses on nine different management topics provided by associations, library schools and ALA divisions. The courses are offered online, face-to-face and at ALA conferences. Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not CPLA candidates – http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/.

CPLA invites you to apply to become a candidate or a course provider. The next deadline for provider and candidate reviews is May 25, 2007. The CPLA Committee will review provider and candidate applications at the ALA Annual Conference. The application for participants can be found on the CPLA Web site: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/. The RFP for providers is here: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/.

If you have questions, please contact the ALA-APA Office at 800-545-2433, x2424 or cpla@ala.org. ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and the library community. It has two missions: providing certification in specializations of librarianship and advocacy for salary improvement efforts.